Earlier this week our good friend Ben stopped by to plant a tree in our yard – yes, I told you, he is a good friend and he also owns a landscaping business – and while he was here he said had a question for me. The question was related to the Apple Cider Caramel recipe I posted in early October.
Ben makes cider and was kind enough to share some with us. From the cider he shared I made some apple cider caramel for he and his wife to try, which led to his question. He asked, “Do you think you can make a molasses-type cookie with the caramel you made?”
Never being one to shy away from a challenge, I replied, “I’ll give it a try and let you know.” So I did. Today I delivered a batch to Ben and his crew at a job site. I am awaiting their assessment, but while I wait I thought I’d share the recipe with you. As soon as I hear back from him, I’ll let you know his thoughts,. But for now I can tell you that Jeff has not been at all disappointed that I’ve made multiple batches!
I had the caramel already made, so the work was pretty easy. I’d recommend you make a batch of the caramel and keep it on hand. It’s good on plain yogurt, great in the appetizer on the home page of the blog, and I also think it would be great on grilled meats or even over vanilla ice cream….there are so many possibilities.
The recipe for the caramel is:
Now for the cookies…
Add 1/4 cup of apple cider caramel to the butter mixture. Mix until smooth.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Blend into the butter mixture. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a 2 Tbsp scoop, scoop dough into balls.
Cut each scoop in half and roll between your hands into a ball, working quickly to keep the dough cool. Spread the remaining 1 cup of sugar onto a plate and roll each dough ball into the sugar to completely coat.
Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 8 minutes (time may vary depending on oven), until tops are cracked. (Photo below taken at approximately 6 minutes into the cooking time).
As I wait for feedback from Ben and his crew, I am mulling over the name for these. I thought of calling them “Bennies,” but that reminded me of a friend’s dog. I thought of using Ben’s initials, but then they’d be “BS Cookies” – not too appetizing. So for now I’ve landed on “Sawgrass Apple Cider Cookies.” Sawgrass is the name of the street Ben and his crew were working on today when I delivered their samples….stay tuned for a name change….let me know if you have any suggestions, particularly you, Ben!!!!
To learn more about Ben’s business, visit http://www.souderlandscaping.com/!